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Slam Dunk: 10 NBA Players' Pre-Game Playoff Jams

As the playoffs kick off this weekend, check out what J.J. Redick, Mike Conley, Kenneth Faried and more are using as the ultimate motivation music

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What Are Your Favorite NBA Players Listening to this Playoff Season?

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The NBA Playoffs are getting into full gear this weekend, and we've been wondering what music the players have been listening to when they need to be more hyped up than ever to perform well. 

With every team playing like each game is their last - because it very well might be - and wanting to take down the defending champion Miami Heat (who also racked up the best record in the league this season), it's crucial to get in the right mindset before gametime.

Explore our slideshow to see what players are bumping most this playoff season. From Brandon Jennings and Jeff Teague to Kenneth Faried and Wilson Chandler, we've got a mixed group of 10 playoff competitors ready to share their locker room mixtapes.

We noticed plenty of Drake (specifically "Started from the Bottom") and Justin Timberlake (mostly "Mirrors" and "Suit and Tie") amongst the picks. Let us know what you listen to when you need to get motivated, and check out the first-round NBA Playoff schedule to tune in. 

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Brandon Jennings

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The fourth-year point guard continued to make waves in his game this year with the Bucks. While Jennings has always been known as a volume shooter, his 3-point shooting percentage is on an uptick in 2013. 

Additionally, Jennings is becoming a more traditional point guard, and the result is a rise in his assists per game, too. His average points per game may be dipping slightly, but the Bucks are in the playoffs so it's hard to argue against the 23-year-old's playing style.

The former 10th-overall pick is still having trouble with his shooting percentage, but is leading a feisty Milwaukee team into a first-round matchup against the NBA’s best squad, the 66-win Miami Heat. 

Drake, "Started From the Bottom"

Rocko, "U.O.E.N.O."

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Jeff Teague

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Teague has had a career season this year with Atlanta, rewarding the franchise that originally drafted him in 2009 out of Wake Forest. 

The fourth-year point guard has continued upon a gradual improvement at his position, becoming a competent asset and developing an excellent rapport with center Al Horford. 

Teague has set career highs in points (14.6), assists (7.2), made field goals (5.5), made three-pointers (1.1) and free-throw percentage this year. The Hawks will face the tough Indiana Pacers in the first round. 

Drake, "Started From the Bottom"

Future ft. Lil Wayne, "Karate Chop (Remix)"

Lil Wayne, "I Miss My Dawgs"

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Kenneth Faried

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The ‘Manimal’ is finding his stride in his second season with Denver. Only 23 years old, Faried has a huge upside and should continue to cement his place amongst the league's most impressive forwards as a hustle player and all-around beastly inside presence. 

The fan favorite improved on his rookie season numbers this year with 11.5 points and 9.2 rebounds per game, including a solid 31 double-doubles.

Drake, "Started From the Bottom"

50 Cent ft. Kendrick Lamar, “We Up”

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Harrison Barnes

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Barnes had a lot of hype surrounding his rookie season after being drafted seventh overall out of North Carolina. The small forward was terrific for Roy Williams' Tar Heels and became one of the most sought-after players on draft day. 

The first-year player has made a considerable contribution toward the Warriors in a role off the bench. He’s helped Golden State to the tune of 9.2 points and 4.1 rebounds per game in 25 minutes. 

They'll have a tall task with Denver in the first round, and it'll be fun to see the rookie get his first playoff experience.

Kendrick Lamar, "Collect Calls"

Justin Timberlake, “Mirrors”

J. Cole ft. Miguel, "Power Trip"

Bruno Mars - "Locked Outta Heaven"

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Wilson Chandler

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Chandler has found a groove as a key role player with Denver, shooting at one of the highest field-goal clips of his career in his sixth season. After being traded from New York during the 2010-11 season in the trade that brought Carmelo Anthony to the Big Apple, Chandler has had one of the most unique stories in the league.

When the lockout became imminent, Chandler signed to play for a Chinese team, then returned to the Nuggets when his Chinese squad was eliminated in the playoffs. He then signed again with the Nuggets, but played only 8 games before getting injured for the rest of the season.

Chandler has bounced back nicely from injury and has been clutch for this team at times. The franchise will need his 13 points and 5.1 rebounds per game as they aim to advance through the Western Conference playoffs.

Tupac, "All Eyez on Me"

Chief Keef, "Monster"

A$AP Rocky, "Angels"

Future ft. Casino, "Karate Chop"

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Mike Conley

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Conley’s numbers with the Grizzlies this season have been fairly consistent with his output over the past few years. He's playing a key role in Lionel Hollins' offense again as the starting point guard, and his development is showing most specifically in the scoring department. 

The sixth-year Ohio State Buckeye product is producing a career-high 14.6 points per game and has successfully remained an active, troublesome defender. After jumping to 2.2 steals per game last year, Conley averaged that mark again in 2013. 

Both his offense and his defense as the main ball-handler will be a key cog in Memphis’ first-round series against the L.A. Clippers. 

Rihanna, "Pour It Up"

Drake, "Started From the Bottom"

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J.J. Redick

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Redick found himself in a new home for the first time in his NBA career this season, getting dished by the Magic in February to Milwaukee. It’s the first time in the shooting guard’s eight-year career that he’s played anywhere besides Orlando.

However, despite the change in scenery, the three-point specialist appears to be settling in just fine. Redick tied for 13th in three-pointers made and was third in free throw percentage this season.

Another plus of the trade is the fact that Redick will keep playing into late April - his old team, the Orlando Magic, posted an NBA-worst 20-62 record this season.

Alt-J, "Breezeblocks"

Silversun Pickups, "Busy Bees"

Imagine Dragons, "Bleeding Out"

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Kosta Koufos

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Denver is the third team Koufos has played for throughout his six NBA seasons, and it appears as though the Ohio State big man has found a good situation with the Nuggets. 

Looked upon as something of a project heading into the league, Koufos has always had a good motor but only this season did everything start to piece together for the 7-footer.

He has pulled in career highs in minutes (22.4), points (8.0), rebounds (6.9) and blocks (1.3) per game this year. His presence in the frontcourt is huge for the Nuggets and will be essential for a deep playoff run. 

Drake, "Started From the Bottom"

Jay-Z, "Izzo (H.O.V.A.)"

Drake, "Headlines"

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Jerryd Bayless

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The fifth-year point guard has seen a career revival in his new role with the Grizzlies. Bayless has missed only two games this year in Memphis after missing a combined 57 games in the previous two seasons with Toronto. 

The Arizona Wildcat product is putting up respectable marks of 8.7 points and 3.3 assists per game heading into the Grizzlies’ first-round matchup with the L.A. Clippers. He'll be relied upon by his team to spell Mike Conley and provides quality minutes as part of the second unit.

Justin Timberlake, The 20/20 Experience

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Ekpe Udoh

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Udoh is in just his third year in the league, and arrived in Milwaukee only last year after a trade from Golden State. The Baylor graduate is playing a supporting role for the Bucks season, averaging 4.3 points and 3.3 rebounds per game in about 17 minutes. The 6’10”, 245-pound specimen is a force on defense, average just over 1 block per game as well. The 8th-seeded Bucks face off against the top-seeded Miami Heat in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs. 

Rocko, “U.O.E.N.O.”

Kendrick Lamar ft. Jay-Z, "B-tch Don't Kill My Vibe (Remix)"


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